Bringing Reggio Emilia Home is the first book to integrate the experiences of one American teacher on a year long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. The lively text includes many “mini-stories” of preschool and kindergarten age children, teachers and parents who embark on the journeys of learning together. These journeys take shape in language, in drawings, in tempera paint and clay, in outdoor excursions, and in the imaginations of both the children and adults. This formative and accessible work features photographs of the children (both in Italy and the United States) and samples of children’s work, including some in full color.
“Between 1989 and 1993, just three educators from the United States were granted permission to spend a year as interns in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Louise Cadwell was one of them…[then] in St. Louis, the journey of Louise continues as a shared experience toward a deeper understanding of the potential of children and adults, constructing a network that sustains their mutual conversation in many languages.” – From the Forward by Lella Gandini.